When it comes to special celebrations, nothing beats the heartfelt thoughtfulness of home cooking. While we always trust mum to cook yummy dishes for us, this Mother’s Day, we can all agree that she deserves to be spoiled. Warm her heart by cooking a delightful Italian-style dinner with our recipes.
In this blog, we’re featuring two delectable mains: goat’s cheese ravioli with tomato sauce and chicken saltimbocca. Both are filling, delicious, and flavourful, which makes them perfect for a special night. Remember: time is key to perfect these recipes. So stock up and prepare everything in advance to save time and really impress mum.
Goat’s cheese ravioli with tomato sauce
This classic Italian ravioli is filled with tart, earthy flavours of goat’s cheese plus the sweet tang of butter and tomato sauce. The trickiest part in this recipe though is making the ravioli from scratch. If you own a KitchenAid Stand Mixer, you can make use of the optional ravioli roller attachment to make easier pasta pockets. But for the first-timers who want to do it by hand, here’s our step-by-step guide. You’ll surely be finished in no time!
Step 1: Make the dough
To make fresh pasta dough, all you need are three simple ingredients: flour, salt, and eggs. Simply mix these in a bowl and knead by hand until it becomes smooth and elastic. Then chill it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
Step 2: Roll the dough
Rolling the dough in a pasta machine or with a rolling pin means making pasta sheets ready for cutting. To start, remove your dough from the fridge and let it rest. Use a pasta machine or rolling pin to roll the dough into even sheets.
Step 3: Fill the sheets
Next, lay the sheets flat on a dusted surface. Spread small portions of filling, ensuring there is enough gap in between (about 4cm apart). You may either use one sheet and fold it in half to close, or use two whole sheets. Brush the edges of each pocket with egg wash and press with your fingers to secure.
Step 4: Cut into square pockets
When the sheets are all filled and ready, cut into square pockets using a pasta wheel or a ravioli cutter.
The thing about chicken saltimbocca is that it could be easily served over anything from crisp salad to pasta. Nowadays, it’s made with chicken instead of the traditional veal. It comes covered with ham, making it savoury and delicious even with light seasoning.